Walk, jog, run or cycle towards the circumference of the globe (40,700km) to raise funds to support the pioneering research and awareness programmes of Breast Cancer Ireland.
Following the success of last year’s event which raised almost €1 million in essential funding for breast cancer research, the Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run is back for 2021 taking place virtually, in local communities across Ireland on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of October.
Sponsored by Glanbia, supported by Joe Duffy Group, the event is a fun initiative aimed at casual strollers, keen walkers, joggers and seasoned runners alike, with families, groups and solo participants encouraged to log 5k, 10k (or more!) over the course of the event.
All proceeds from the event will help to fund life-saving research and the provision of good breast health education and awareness programmes nationwide by Breast Cancer Ireland.
10 Years of Breast Cancer Ireland
Giving rise to 2021's 'Turn The Globe Pink' theme, last year's event went global with participants in over ten countries taking part, and to date, over 60,000 people have taken part in the Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run since it began. Without doubt, a testament to the incredible work Breast Cancer Ireland has done and the lives it has touched since its foundation in 2011.
Speaking at the event's launch, Aisling Hurley, CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland, said "In this, the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Breast Cancer Ireland as a charity, we’re excited to see the Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run go from strength to strength, growing into a truly global event. We welcome participants from all parts of the globe, men, women and children – irrespective of age or fitness levels."
Aisling also urged people to register early to ensure that participation packs and the much sought-after pink t-shirts arrive in plenty of time for the event in October.
Turn The Globe Pink
Wherever you are in the world, participation in the Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run event is easy – simply register to take part and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Then track your individual or group walk, run, scoot or cycle during the weekend of the event (16 and 17 October) on your smartphone or phone app, upload your distance. Raise funds, donate and share your photos on social using the hashtags #greatpinkrun or #GPR2021.
As the collective kilometres grow, watch as the interactive map turns various shades of pink, all while helping Breast Cancer Ireland to fulfil the charity’s mission to transform the disease from often fatal, to a treatable illness that can be maintained long-term.
Registrations for the event are now open at greatpinkrun.ie
Patricia Creery's Story
Mum of two and breast cancer survivor, Patricia Creery is just one of the people who has helped launch this year's Breast Cancer Ireland Great Pink Run with Glanbia supported by Joe Duffy Group, in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.
When Herceptin was first introduced in Ireland (under a clinical trial) in 2003, Patricia was working as a clinical trial nurse in St. James’s Hospital. Little did she know that ten years later, at just 39 years old, she would become the patient being administered Herceptin in the same wards she used to oversee.
Working an as oncology nurse when she was diagnosed, Patricia was familiar with finding lumps and knew the journey that was ahead of her. Pea-sized and under her left breast, her tumour was small but aggressive, so she opted for a full mastectomy and reconstruction, followed by chemotherapy.
Tough as her journey was, she accredits much of her recovery to early detection and surrounding herself with positive stories of women who had gone through breast cancer and had come out the other side.
This is why she has chosen to share her own story so that other women can hear that they too will get through it, that it’s not all doom and gloom.
While she didn't return to work at St James's Hospital, Creery now teaches Healthcare in Portlaoise College, which she loves as it's a way of giving back and allows her to spend more time at home with her family.
Patricia is a Breast Cancer Ireland Patient Supporter and Great Pink Run Ambassador.